Meet the Team
At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. We appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, our team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.
Our dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced in providing thorough, gentle hygiene care that helps protect your dental health. Like our other patients, we’re sure you’ll also find our hygiene team to be friendly, helpful and a pleasure to visit!
Margaret Stone CDA, RDA, RDH
Margaret is a registered dental hygienist who loves her career. She graduated from the Camden County Dental Hygiene Program in 1992. Margaret has been recognized by the American Dental Association for outstanding achievement in dental hygiene which she is an active member of the Southern New Jersey Dental Hygiene Association, serving on the board since 2011.
Margaret complements our practice with her many years of experience in the dental field. She enjoys helping our patients achieve and maintain optimum dental health, with the latest hygiene techniques. Margaret has a friendly, caring and positive attitude that she shares with all of us, every day.
Julie DeFeo, RDH
Julie graduated from the Camden County College Dental Hygiene Program in 1996. She has been a part of Dr. Afsharzand’s dental team for since 2005. Here at Cherry Hill Dental Excellence, Julie performs nonsurgical periodontal therapy and hygiene services for our general dentistry and our prosthodontic patients. She shares our practice-wide emphasis on patient education to help our patients prevent dental problems and to maintain their positive results from treatment. She has experience working with periodontal, cosmetic and pediatric specialists.
Julie is interested in holistic health and enjoys working with our patients who want a holistic approach to their dental hygiene needs. Julie is an advocate for better dental health. She speaks in local schools about the importance of children’s dental health and enjoys volunteering her time.
Julie and her husband, Ron, have five amazing children. When she is not busy with home or work responsibilities, Julie enjoys exercising, reading and dining out.
Kim Wicken, RDH
Kim is a registered dental hygienist with many years of experience. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. She has experience with periodontal, cosmetic, and pediatric dental specialist. Kim believes that patient education is key to good oral health and strives to support every patient with their individual needs.
Kim met her husband shortly after graduating and moved to New Jersey in 2001. They married in 2003 and have 3 kids, 1 boy and 2 girls. In her spare time, Kim enjoys volunteering at school and watching her kids plays sports.
Dr. Jay Patel – Dental Sedation Services
Phone: (732) 986-3690
Fax: (732) 601-4865
Dr. Jay Patel began his education in New Jersey at Rutgers University on an academic scholarship. From there, he understood his passion for the sciences and entered the healthcare field by pursuing dentistry. He enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and was exposed to many specialties in the dental field, but none drew his interest as much as anesthesiology. He continued his post-graduate education at NYU Lutheran Medical Center and trained at a Level 1 trauma center in Brooklyn, NY. During this time, Dr. Patel completed over 1500 cases involving all levels of anesthesia and treated a broad spectrum of patients; including those with complex medical histories.
Since completing his anesthesia residency, Dr. Patel has become Board-Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is dedicated to upholding the highest standard of care in his field.
Dr. Patel is now focused on serving the area he called home growing up. He works with some of the top dentists in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is concentrated on delivering top quality and safe sedation services. Patients are screened preemptively to ensure that any potential complications can be anticipated and avoided. Dr. Patel hopes to usher in a new era of dentistry where fear can be eliminated from dental visits. He works with the pediatric population, special needs population, and severe dental phobics, where his skill set has proven invaluable.
In his spare time, Dr. Patel is an avid movie-goer, sports enthusiast, and enjoys traveling to new destinations.
Linda Astorga DA
Linda graduated the Dental Assisting program at Camden County College in 1997. She is hardworking, caring, and is a great team player. She loves patient interaction and enjoys working with each patient to help with all their special dental needs. She also loves to learn new procedures, techniques, and technologies.
Linda is married and has two sons that keep her plenty busy. Her sons are very active in school sports, which she enjoys supporting them. In her spare time she enjoys dinners with friends, shopping, and family vacations.